MIKE Storm, the face of Bicester’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution branch for more than three decades, has died aged 77.

Mr Storm has been chairman of the Bicester and District Branch of the RNLI since 1985 and during that time helped raise £60,000.

He organised fundraising events, distributed collection boxes and gave talks at schools and groups.

Bicester RNLI treasurer Glynnis Dillon said: “Mike’s energy, enthusiasm and hard work will be greatly missed by the RNLI.

“His almost legendary knowledge of all the craft used by the RNLI and his friendly personality made him ideally suited to giving talks about the RNLI.”

Wife Pamela said: “The RNLI was his life, he lived for the sea.”

Mr Storm, of Lysander Close, Bicester, was originally from Lincoln.

A nurse by trade, Mr Storm worked at Grendon Prison, the specialist psychiatric prison at Grendon Underwood near Bicester, from 1962 until he retired in 1989 as its principal hospital officer.

He married Pamela in 1958 and had three daughters, Michelle, Gisella and Kirsteen.